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Mass Rising - Jack's Abby Brewing

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95
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999 Ratings
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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.98%
Wants: 59
Gots: 117 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
In the spirit of our local history we are revolting against the status quo. We are writing our own story by fueling the fire surrounding extra hoppy beers. We infuse Mass Rising with increasing amounts of American hops during the kettle, hopbock and dry hopping processes. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term 'lager.'
IBUs 100 IBU

(Beer added by: rudzud on 09-07-2013)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this bottle due to the generosity of BA SammyJaxxxx. Finally reviewing from notes, having drank it way back on 2/23/14. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 01.23.2014. Poured into a 16 oz tapered pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a translucent golden straw yello with a cacophony of carbonation bubbles rising up through the liquid in spite of there being no laser etching on the bottom of the glass to encourage it. The rise up to replenish a fluffy two-finger head the color of off white with just a twinge of yellowish tinting. Retention is excellent and there are rings of sticky lacing along the side of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - Right up front there is the classic taste of slightly sweet biscuty malts with just a hint of grassy/herbal bitterness, like garden baby greens. There is also a faint hint of citric acid that gives the impression of lemon zest. Lemony, but not even slightly tart.

Taste - The bitterness is a tad more present here, with that herbal component having a slightly vegetal quality, akin to dandelion greens. Still, the biscuit notes are wondefully present, as well as a hint of the estery alcohol that gives the impression of ripe fruit. The citrus zest is now more aggressive than before, with distinctly overt overtones of lemon and even some faint grapefruit flesh.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and high carbonation, with a finish that is just slightly sweet, but mostly dry.

Overall, another fantastic beer from Jack's Abby. If these guys distributed to my area, I would certainly drink a lot more of the styles from the lager method of brewing. Glad that SammyJaxxx has been kind enough to share the wealth.

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Taste explodes with fresh citrus hops, grapefruit and tropical fruits, light hop resins and musty fresh hop oils, a bit oily, then some light lager fruits and light pale malts, some sweet toasty malts. Light sweet honey like flavor. The it gets very bitter and slightly astringent, the hops way overpower the lager flavors and gets a bit overly on the finish, dry and very bitter finish with lingering fresh hops and citrus, light pine as well, and has a sticky almost creamy feel.

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Cloudy and straw hued. Near white cap that's sturdy and staying. Leaves ample low sheeting and plenty of bands and blobs of stick.

Grapefruit bomb of a nose.

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Bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy dark straw color with a big white head. The head lingers for a bit and leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass before dissipating slowly. The nose is a little lemony with notes of grass and grapefruit. The taste is a little more herbal and grassy than I anticipated but the citrus notes still dominate the palate. Lemon and grapefruit come through the strongest. Light bodied and clean on the finish.

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Jacks Abby Mass Rising

Big thanks to Pisano for this one !

Poured into pint glass

A: Hazy straw color topped off with a huge white frothy head.

S: Lemon, grass . . . That's about all I'm getting.

T: Pretty tasty and refreshing.

M: Crisp.

O: A nice refreshing beer for being 8%

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Mass Rising from Jack's Abby Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.